This issue is focused on the Pandemic. Read 'The Basics' section to explore: what strategies do
epidemiologists use to control the spread of infection? Are viruses the most complex or the simplest forms
of life? What has caused the spike in frequency of new zoonoses since the 20th century? In 'The Infection'
section, engage with questions like: why do we believe that SARS-CoV-2 is a product of natural evolution?
How exact are measurements of death rates for an ongoing pandemic? Or, how does the nature and context of
social interaction affect the spread of COVID-19? Delve into 'Our Response' section to read: why ‘designing’
and ‘making’ vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 is uncertain and time-consuming? What can we learn from deliberately
exposing healthy consenting individuals to a weakened form of the SARS-CoV-2 virus? Which tests would be most
effective for contact tracing & which for population-wide screening? How do we identify antivirals against
SARS-CoV-2? Can community health workers clinically diagnose COVID-19 syndrome in the absence of testing kits?
Why is training and provision of personal protective equipment for ASHA workers essential for effective
healthcare? How can a reverse quarantine approach help us use herd immunity to our advantage? That's not all.
Are you looking for resources on understanding concerns & approaches towards the mental health of the elderly,
children, and those under quarantine? Or mythbusters around SARS-CoV-2? Check out our Snippets.
What does evolution by natural selection mean? How does 'survival of the fittest' explain the
transformation of male clownfish into females? Or the many non-combative, non-competitive, and
seemingly friendly interactions observed between ants and plants? Does it provide clues to
the identity of the mysterious descendants of dinosaurs in today's world? These are some of
the questions we explore in our theme section 'Evolution revisited'. In Annals of History,
relive unsung surprises in the process of discovery of penicillin with interactive resources
designed for the science classroom. How do we use pendulums to illustrate fundamental concepts
in mechanics? How do we recognize and clarify incorrect student conceptions of the science of
everyday phenomena? Find out with the detachable activity sheets & concept builders in 'The Science Lab'.
In this issue, we explore four big questions - black holes, the wound healing capacity of the skin,
Higgs bosons, and the matrix of life. Use the activity sheets in 'A milky way to learn biology',
'What do we really see', & 'Trees and seasons in a changing world' to introduce students to thinking
like a scientist, the human vision, and neighborhood trees. Discover how astronomer's
measure distances in space in our new section 'How do we know?' Explore how engaging students in raising
an urban terrace farm can strengthen their understanding and involvement with the local environment in 'Pedagogy of dirty hands'.
Or, try out the concept builder from 'Physics for closeted Aristotelians' to find out how well your students understand motion under gravity.
Read our 'Research to practice' section to discover how to create embodied learning experiences for students in the science classroom. Or,
learn more about the first image of a black hole in our section 'Hot off the press'.
Looking for more? Enjoy our pull-out poster on human skin & booklet on identifying 10 common trees.
This issue explores three 'Emerging Trends in Chemistry' – new elements,
metal-organic frameworks, and fluorescent tags. Read 'Serendipity' & 'Annals of History'
to re-live the exciting jigsaw-puzzle-like process of scientific discovery – whether of a
novel protein or the structure of DNA. Engage with the process of encouraging peer
instruction in the science classroom through 'Students as Teachers', or use our activity
sheet 'Early Bird Nature Detectives Bingo' to get students to observe (non-human) life in
their backyards. Use our 'Science Lab' section to get your students to calculate their molar
masses (!) or understand pressure and volume through simple experiments with easily available low-cost materials. Discover the chemicals in everyday phenomenon through 'The Scent Orchestra of Flowers' & 'The Chemistry of Life'. Or, explore the concept of energy from three very different perspectives with 'The Mystery of Dark Energy', 'Powering (human) Life on Earth' & 'Clean Energy'. Plus, enjoy our two pull-out posters on 'Doppler Effect' and 'Some interesting scents of flowers'.
In this issue, we explore the 'Evolution' of stars, the Earth, life,
and humans through three articles for our adult readers and one short story written for young adults.
In 'Annals of History' relive the contentious process of arriving at the unexpected mathematical pattern that has become key to our understanding of the diversity of life on Earth. Read 'Research to Practice', 'The Science Educator at Work' and 'Teaching as if the Earth Matters' to see how complex concepts related to energy, evolution and soil can be taught through metaphors, art and real-world experiences. Learn more about Lynn Margulis's 'controversial' ideas and life in science in 'Biography of a Scientist'. If you'd like more, try some simple classroom experiments from 'The Science Lab' to understand foundational principles in Physics. Or use the seven activity sheets from 'Life in your Backyard' to introduce your students to the fascinating world of spiders. Plus, enjoy our nine pull-out posters on themes as diverse as 'Benthic Fauna',
'The Hard Problem of Consciousness', and 'Ocean Acidification'.
From our Archive
In this issue - 'Emerging Trends in Physics' and 'Indian Science Facilities' - explore methods and processes
defining future research in areas as fascinating as the discovery of black holes, understanding dark matter, using radio-astronomy to probe the universe,
enabling space travel, the search for exoplanets, and establishing human settlements on Mars. 'Origins' and 'Annals of History', in contrast,
piece together current understanding of our shared history - whether it be the beginnings of space-time and planetary worlds, the notion of elements, or that of life itself.
Looking for more? Discover simple classroom activities to reveal and challenge mental models of Force in 'The Science Lab', encourage the use the art to study ecology in
'The Science Teacher at Work', or integrate social justice in the science curriculum in 'Research to Practice'. Read about the journey of one school's efforts in integrating composting into their teaching practice in
'Teaching as if the Earth Matters'. Or, enjoy learning about little-known aspects of 'The Origins of Composting' and ‘Ocean Microbes' in our attractive pull-out posters!
In this issue, we explore two fascinating themes: 'Interactions' and 'Emerging Trends in Biology',
with nine articles on topics as varied as chemical ecology, the common cold, fundamental forces,
gut microbes in health and disease, and memory. In 'The Science Lab', discover simple classroom activities
to teach Archimedes principle, photosynthesis and daytime astronomy. In 'Annals of History', trace the journey of microscopy from
the simple magnifying glass to the powerful electron microscopes and easy-to-assemble fold-scopes available today. Discover the writer and physician Oliver
Sacks through his fascination for the human brain, bikes and stories in 'Biography of a Scientist'. Looking for more? Enjoy our pull-out poster on ‘Ten things you didn’t know about – Bones’ and nature-based activity sheets – 'Chirp Chirp', 'Hibiscus Tales', 'Bark Bites' and 'All about Ants'! Plus, a pocket-size pictorial guide to common butterflies that you'll want to carry along on your next trip outdoors!
Our inaugural issue explores the fascinating theme of ‘Inter-disciplinary Science’ with five articles that bring
together knowledge, methods and perspectives from across the natural sciences.
Join us in tracing the little-known, long and exciting history of familiar science concepts in our
sections on ‘Serendipity’ and ‘Annals of History’. Enjoy reading about the quirky and brilliant
J.B.S Haldane in ‘Biography of a Scientist’. In this issue’s ‘Science Lab’, explore shadows and
reflections through simple activities that you’ll want to use in your classroom.
Re-discover the wonders of the world within us (Macrophages) and in outer space
(Mars Orbiter Mission) in our section ‘In here/Out there’. Prepare to be surprised by the colourful
life of the humble fly in the section on ‘Nature in your Backyard’. Check out our ‘Science Online’
section for a step-by-step introduction to an open access software tool for understanding Time.
And, if that's not enough, we hope you'll enjoy our pull-out posters on ‘Experiments with Water’
and ‘Ten things you didn’t know about – Blood’!